Bel Canto Reviews

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April 25, 2019
Avengers: Endgame was a wonderful surprise, filling almost each and every minute with excitement, drama, humor and visually interesting and entertaining intrigue.
April 25, 2019
There are moments in Bel Canto that stretch credibility but the tension never lets up. It takes time to buy into the story but, as Weitz immerses us in the drama, together with the captives, we begin to sympathize with the rebels and their cause.
April 25, 2019
The film is, essentially, methodical rather than dramatically tense and, while it should be an exciting blend of guns and Puccini and sex in the china cupboard, it never fully comes to life.
April 25, 2019
Weitz can't quite whip up the requisite emotional fireworks when the film demands it.
April 25, 2019
Even Moore seems quite stranded, given little chance to animate her character except as an unenviable technical exercise.
April 24, 2019
It's a chamber piece of many moods and moments and there are jarring notes as director Paul Weitz struggles with the orchestration. However, if you stick with Bel Canto for the first half hour, you'll find yourself hooked for the duration.
April 23, 2019
Despite adeptly handling a multilingual scenario, Weitz can't seem to decide what kind of film he wants Bel Canto to be, although the haunting finale still hits home.
April 13, 2019
Bel Canto tries to seem ambitious in its narrative, but turns into a tonal mishmash whose success, ultimately, lies with the viewer.
March 22, 2019
The film is inspired by a real event, but neither Paul Weitz or Ann Patchett, author of the novel on which it is based, is interested in a single crumb of the international political significance of the kidnapping. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 22, 2019
Claiming the best of what nests in the human condition is an encouraging idea but its artificial and superficial development only rests on the inspired work of the cast. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 20, 2019
Bel Canto pays special attention to its romance without neglecting the main thread of the film. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 19, 2019
[Bel Canto's] greatest truth shines when it is least pretentious. [Full review in Spanish]
January 22, 2019
A well-acted, involving story.
December 13, 2018
By daring to ask questions with no easy answers, Weitz' emotional thriller has no place for black and white thinking.
November 1, 2018
if not quite La Traviata, certainly connects with the bizarre soap opera that politics have become in this century.
October 31, 2018
Director Paul Weitz forgoes the tension of a hostage situation entirely, mutes any antagonism between terrorists and captives, and only unleashes the villain at the very end.
October 29, 2018
Bel Canto has lofty ambitions hobbled by telenovela sensibility, but it's a good, if hammy yarn.
October 26, 2018
The screenplay, by Weitz and Anthony Weintraub, does a good job of fleshing out a large number of characters; even the hostage-takers are portrayed as more than just gun-toting, camouflage-wearing revolutionaries.
October 26, 2018
Bel Canto trades what could have been stimulating and exciting for simplistic emotional gains and familiarity so brazen that the actors might as well be reading plot points from a checklist.
October 26, 2018
The story line was charming and romantic, but rather dull in parts.
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